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MuteMath - “Cavalries”

If you ask me what I think the perfect piece of non-classical music is, this is my honest answer. Everything about this track.

Musicians, please let me know what you think about the following passage on music, written by painter Nadir Afonso - I think it’s so interesting and profound, and I can’t believe that, as a rather mathematically-minded person, I had never thought of this conception of music before now:

Moanin’

As part of the final project for my Jazz Improvisation class last semester, my ensemble and I (instrumentation: two saxophones, two trumpets, two voices, electric guitar, cello, electric bass, piano, and drums) performed this awesome Afro-Cuban version of “Moanin’,” originally performed by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers. You can hear me playing piano, hopefully, throughout most of the track.

This is one of the most fun recording experiences I’ve ever had (and my first jazz one), and I’m frankly so happy with how this turned out. Hope you enjoy :D :D

Les Jeudis d’Albertas (English: “Thursdays at Albertas”) | Aix-en-Provence, France
Every Thursday evening from 7:20pm-10:00pm, local musicians of all ages and genres, from country to alt-rock to classical, put on a free show in the historic Place d’Albertas in the center of Aix-en-Provence, France. The event series originated as a small group of around ten musicians who would gather at the Place d’Albertas every Thursday just to jam, and, as more and more people joined, the musicians asked the Aix-en-Provence government for official approval to hold a weekly event to the public. Because the Aix-en-Provence government is awesome, they approved the idea, and thus les Jeudis d’Albertas was born. I’ve had the complete joy and honor of passing by these events every Thursday on my way home for dinner. :) Les Jeudis d’Albertas (English: “Thursdays at Albertas”) | Aix-en-Provence, France
Every Thursday evening from 7:20pm-10:00pm, local musicians of all ages and genres, from country to alt-rock to classical, put on a free show in the historic Place d’Albertas in the center of Aix-en-Provence, France. The event series originated as a small group of around ten musicians who would gather at the Place d’Albertas every Thursday just to jam, and, as more and more people joined, the musicians asked the Aix-en-Provence government for official approval to hold a weekly event to the public. Because the Aix-en-Provence government is awesome, they approved the idea, and thus les Jeudis d’Albertas was born. I’ve had the complete joy and honor of passing by these events every Thursday on my way home for dinner. :)

Les Jeudis d’Albertas (English: “Thursdays at Albertas”) | Aix-en-Provence, France

Every Thursday evening from 7:20pm-10:00pm, local musicians of all ages and genres, from country to alt-rock to classical, put on a free show in the historic Place d’Albertas in the center of Aix-en-Provence, France. The event series originated as a small group of around ten musicians who would gather at the Place d’Albertas every Thursday just to jam, and, as more and more people joined, the musicians asked the Aix-en-Provence government for official approval to hold a weekly event to the public. Because the Aix-en-Provence government is awesome, they approved the idea, and thus les Jeudis d’Albertas was born. I’ve had the complete joy and honor of passing by these events every Thursday on my way home for dinner. :)

The Social Network soundtrack is the best soundtrack for getting your homework done and for not getting your homework done, for getting pumped and for relaxing, for calming your emotions when you’re too excited and for dealing with your emotions when you’re depressed, and just for appreciating the awesomeness of modernity and how amazing life is. Therefore it is the best soundtrack ever, and if you don’t agree, you’re not listening closely enough.

“Art is still to us something which has been well-cooked - like a plate of spaghetti. An ear of wheat is not ‘art.’ Wait, wait till it has been turned into pure, into perfect macaroni.”
— D.H. Lawrence, from his book Etruscan Places

Ibrahim Maalouf - “Sensuality”
from the album Wind

At the end of my multi-month jazz obsession phase a while ago, I found myself hitting a “listening plateau” of sorts. No matter what jazz I listened to, I felt that something was missing. It didn’t penetrate my heart and soul in the same way. That feeling of being profoundly molded by even the slightest articulation, of being swept away by the music, into a faraway land, whether you wanted to be swept away or not… none of that was there anymore.

And then, just a few hours ago, I found this wonderful man, Ibrahim Maalouf. His intoxicating, jolting rhythms and harmonies are exactly the missing link I’ve been searching for all this time.

Also, I’ll be seeing Ibrahim Maalouf live in Marseille, France this Friday as part of the Festival Jazz des Cinq Continents!!!!! *squeals*

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Beethoven, “Das Lebewohl”

From the digital archives of the Beethoven-Haus Bonn.

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Today, for the very first time since I arrived in France seven weeks ago, I got to play piano. The piano was an upright, sitting in a corner in the Aix-en-Provence regional train station. The piece I played (or attempted to play) was Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 48 No. 1 in c minor. Aside from my friends, no one was listening. I immediately noticed how my nails were horrendously long and how my fingers had gotten just the slightest bit stiffer after such a long time without practicing. My performance was ridden with mistakes and, with the strange harmonies that resulted, it ended up sounding more like a modern piece than a Romantic standard… but, in that moment, I really felt the greatest sensation of relief and love, as if something jailed inside me had finally been set free, as if I had been reunited with one of my dearest friends after an eternity of separation.

My favorite snapshot from my four-day journey to Marrakech, Morocco this past weekend - this was taken in the gorgeous Jardin Majorelle.

The Smart Cellist’s Guide to Popper Etudes

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1. Learn the first 8 bars really well.
2. Get to the hard part. Decide to skip it to where the opening theme repeats.
3. Learn the last 8 bars really well.
4. Try the hard part again. Nope.
5. Maybe listening to a recording would help. Watch the YouTube video of Joshua Roman playing your etude.
6. Cry.

The Smart Pianist’s Guide to Études:

  1. Cry.

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Musical street names in Aix-en-Provence, France, right next to the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud. Much happiness Musical street names in Aix-en-Provence, France, right next to the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud. Much happiness Musical street names in Aix-en-Provence, France, right next to the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud. Much happiness

Musical street names in Aix-en-Provence, France, right next to the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud. Much happiness

The London Symphony Orchestra gave an AMAZING free outdoor concert (all-opera program) on the Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence tonight!! I shamelessly arrived 45 minutes early and got a prime spot :) Among the operas featured included Rameau’s Boréades, Mozart’s Figaro, and Rossini’s Turc en Italie!